Spartanburg, SC Participating in Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge

Spartanburg, SC was recently awarded a grant as part of the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge, now branded as HealthyCommunity50. The challenge is sponsored by the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Association of Counties. Spartanburg was chosen for this challenge because of the many existing collaborative efforts to improve health developed through the Road to Better Health and the Way to Wellville. Additionally, Spartanburg received national recognition for its commitment to improving health as a Culture of Health Prize winner in 2015.

As part of the challenge, Spartanburg will be launching a Healthy Community Initiative which is a partnership between the Mary Black Foundation, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg County, The City of Spartanburg, Town of Pacolet, the South Carolina Hospital Association’s Working Well initiative, the YMCA, and other local partners. This initiative will engage municipal leaders and staff in cities and towns throughout Spartanburg County to increase physical activity among leaders, staff, and residents through three primary strategies: 

  1. Quarterly community walks with the elected officials in each city or town; 
  2. An on-going physical activity challenge among municipal leaders and staff using an online dashboard called Challenge Runner; and
  3. Engaging municipalities in the Working Well initiative, the SC Hospital Association’s statewide comprehensive workplace wellness strategy to help organizations create cultures of wellness where the healthy choice is the easy choice.

Seven municipalities have committed to the challenge so far including the Town of Pacolet with mayor Michael Meissner spearheading the initiative and engaging other municipal leaders, the Town of Duncan, the City of Landrum, the City of Inman, the City of Greer, the City of Woodruff, the City of Spartanburg, as well as Spartanburg County.

The success of the initiative will be tracked through County Health Rankings as required by the challenge sponsors; changes in physical activity as measured by Challenge Runner; and through other initiative-specific evaluation methods. Spartanburg will receive a $10,000 seed grant to advance these initiatives and is eligible for “progress awards” throughout the two-year challenge.  

11-28-2016 02:54 (EST)